15+ Slang Words For Texting (And How To Use Them)

Texting is the sending of messages through network providers. This is the predecessor of "chatting" through social networking sites, although today, the term has also come to refer to this kind of messaging as well. Check out the following slang words for texting!

Slang Words for Texting (in Alphabetical Order)

Buzz

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To buzz someone is to send them a message/note.
  • Example: Don’t keep buzzing me when I’m in a meeting. I’ll not be able to reply anyway.

Check With 

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To express concern or relay a request via texting.
  • Example: I was checking with Noah if he could cover my weekend shift at the restaurant. He called me a few minutes later.

Chew the Fat 

Meaning:

  • (Verb) This expression means to talk about trivial gossip and complaints through convenient means which is usually by texting.
  • Example: Allyssa is chewing the fat on the prom king and queen’s breakup through the prom queen’s best friend. 

Drop a Line

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To send somebody a short text message.
  • Example: Drop me a line if you need anything.

Drunk Texting

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Like how it is phrased, this means to text someone under the influence of alcohol. Regret usually hits when the now sober person realizes what they have done.
  • Example: Megan is drunk texting her ex about how ugly and insecure his current girlfriend is. We know she’ll apologize in the morning.

Get Ahold of 

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To establish means of communication. 
  • Example: The secretary could not get ahold of the missing company vice-president for two weeks.

Have a Confab

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Shortened for “having a confabulation”, this expression means to have a conversation in a private setting. In a digital context, this means to text someone with confidential information.
  • Example: Kyle and his friends are having a confab on how he will sneak out of the house to attend the party.

Leave a Note

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Usually to scribble on a small piece of paper, to “leave a note” is to text a brief or follow-up message. 
  • Example: Once you get the flowers, Louis will leave you a note where to send them.

Messaging 

Meaning:

  • (Verb) The most popular way of saying “texting”, which includes social media and chat platforms.
  • Example: Christine is messaging her friends to stop by her house for a freshly baked cake.

Pen Pal

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Usually a “pen pal” is a friend made through snail mailing, a pen pal has evolved to be a “text mate”.
  • Example: Little did Archie know that his pen pal is the cheerleading captain, Veronica.

Ping Someone

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Similar to “buzzing” someone, “ping someone” uses the popping text notification sound as a way to say to text someone. 
  • Example: Ping me when you’re by my door; I don’t want my parents to open for you.

Sexting

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A slang term that that is portmanteau of “sex” and “texting” which refers to the exchange of sexually provocative messages.
  • Example: After a month of endless sexting, Allie and Cameron finally went on a date.

SMSing

Meaning:

  • (Verb) SMS is the technical slang for text which stands for “short message service”. When “SMSing” is used, this gives a nod to its techy origins. 
  • Example: The computer engineering student is SMSing his girlfriend to meet him in a nearby cafe.

Staying in Touch

Meaning:

  • (Verb) This is a popular phrase for maintaining contact through the agreed means which typically involves texting.
  • Example: Mrs. Gomez left her cellphone number to stay in touch with the lawyer who is handling her libel charges.

Touch Base

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A baseball slang that found its way to corporate use. To “touch base” is to rekindle connections normally by text, call, or email.
  • Example: The CEO touched base with a former competitor that went on to new ventures.

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